Geoff Bennett tweets
WH Chief of Staff John Kelly, asked about separating migrant families at the border, tells
@NPR, “They don’t integrate well. They don’t have skills.” Interview airs on tomorrow’s @MorningEdition
Kelly said this:
For more, see here. Here's Joshua Zeitz, comparing Mexicans with the 19th century Irish:
Word for word, this is in line with how nativists described John Kelly’s Irish ancestors, who were overwhelmingly rural and thought to be ill-suited to the rhythms and discipline of an urbanizing, industrial econony.[Sic, it's a Tweet, so spelling errors are excusable.]
And Jake Tapper goes what I am forced to call "full retard":
First of all, any objections to Irish employees are a very long time ago—an Irish Catholic President was elected almost 60 years ago.
Second, there were never any "No Irish Need Apply Signs"—it's a debunked myth.
See A Reader Writes On The "No Irish Need Apply" Myth (Or Not), and these two articles:
The sign reproduced by Tapper isn't genuine, it's Historical Grievance Porn, printed in the 21st century, designed to keep hatred of "nativists" green.
The Irish who poured into New York caused the huge crime wave depicted in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York.
Sample quote from one of the Irish Immigrant characters:
"You know there's more of us coming off those boats everyday? Some say 15,000 Irish a week! Get all of us together and we ain't got a gang, we got an army!"
Of course that's fiction, but the movie is at least partly based on the real-life Civil War draft riots, which I talked about in my 2001 piece:
“So-called native Americans”! That's g-o-o-d! But in fact the “so-called native Americans” were indeed natives of the United States of America. The Irish immigrants were natives of Ireland, where rioting was considered an “agreeable recreation.”
The Draft Riots were a revolt by the immigrant Irish against Civil War conscription. The Irish, who were competing with native-born free black Americans for New York jobs, committed striking atrocities against them. Asked by American Enterprise magazine whether New York really had an “Irish problem,” Daniel Patrick Moynihan replied:“Of course. There was a flood of immigrants from Ireland. Probably a third of them did not speak English. They couldn't do anything but laboring work, pick and shovel.
Were native-born New Yorkers justified in being suspicious of the Irish immigrants who were taking over City Hall—making New York a byword for corrupt government even before they committed all these murders and tried to set the city on fire?
So the "nativists" were right about the Irish, and Kelly is right about the Mexicans, many of whom not only don't speak English, they don't speak Spanish, because they're Indians from Chiapas, unassimilated, after 500 years, to Mexican society. The only thing I object to is Kelly saying they're "good people", as Trump said in his announcement. They're not good people. Sure, many of them aren't gangsters and rapists, but they're all thieves, coming to the US to steal a better life.